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Gainesville school superintendent Dr. Jeff Hyatt
Gainesville school superintendent Dr. Jeff Hyatt will recommend to the Gainesville R-V School Board next week that the district continue on a five-day-a-week schedule in the 2019-2020 school year.  In December, Hyatt asked the board to consider a four-day school week, starting in fall 2019. A five-...

Lester White shows the certificate that accompanied his January induction into the American Legion’s Arkansas Baseball Hall of Fame. When Mountain Home, Arkansas, named its baseball field for White in 2013, the declaration noted that “more than 150 young men coached by Lester White have gone on to play college baseball and at least 4 have played professional baseball.”
Howards Ridge native Lester White worked construction throughout most of his adult life, but his greatest legacy isn’t in the structures he’s helped build. It’s the young men whose lives he has touched – through baseball.   Recognizing his efforts, the American Legion Baseball Department of...

Firefighters with Tecumseh, Caulfield, Lick Creek, Bakersfield, Dora and Howell Rural VFDs responded to a home fire around 3 a.m. Monday at Dub and Crystal Williams’ home on Highway 160 in Tecumseh. Several departments brought tankers and pumpers to provide water for the firefighting efforts. Firefighters also used a portable pump to pull water from the Williams’ backyard swimming pool and transfer it to the trucks so the equipment could stay at the scene continuously instead of having to shuttle back and forth to get water.
Flames from Dub and Crystal Williams’ house on Highway 160 in Tecumseh burned relentlessly in the dark, early-morning hours Monday despite the steady shower of rain falling from the sky and a swarm of volunteer firefighters doing their best to suppress it.  The Williams family lost their home and...

During Friday’s homecoming festivities Dora head coach Rick Luna presented sophomore Isaac Haney with a plaque and a basketball commemorating the 1,000 points he’s accumulated so far in his high school career. Photo by Karla Smith
It’s always exciting when Hartville and Dora battle it out on the court. Last year, it took two overtime periods for the then all-freshmen Falcon basketball team to take down the Eagles. This year’s battle between the two state-ranked teams did not disappoint fans who packed the Dora gym at Friday...
The Ozark County Commission approved the 2019-2020 budget at last week’s meeting. The total county budget is around $4 million. The commissioners were pleased to be able to give all hourly county employees (part and full time) a 25-cent per hour raise, bringing the lowest paid employees to $8.75...

Allen Woods
Allen Woods has been hired as the new superintendent of the Dora R-3 School District, beginning July 1. Woods, currently in his first year as superintendent of the Richards School District near West Plains,   replaces Steve Richards, who has accepted the superintendent’s job at Seymour beginning...

Vina Kaspereit (2004 photo, Bolivar Herald-Free Press)
When a chain came undone and two of Vina Kaspereit’s dogs disappeared last week from her home off County Road 803 north of Gainesville, she went into the woods looking for them. Luckily, she carried with her an inactive phone that she used mainly as a watch. The battery was almost dead, but she...

The Bakersfield high school gym was packed Saturday night for the Freiman family benefit auction. Over 350 items were auctioned off, raising nearly $32,000, for the family of the late Luke Freiman.
The Bakersfield city limit sign boasts a population of just over 230 residents, but the strength and size of the community spirit inside the high school gym Saturday night could be described as nothing short of mighty. Neighbors and friends lined the bleachers, bidding cards in hand, and raised a...

Ozark County Christian Thrift Store owner Lori White says the store is very grateful for the donations of gently used clothing, household wares and other items – as well as local shoppers who purchase the items, allowing the store to give back to the community in a variety of ways. Times photo/Jessi Dreckman
Residents across the country have been inspired to de-clutter their homes after watching the Netflix original reality series “Tidying Up” starring soft-spoken Japanese tidying expert Marie Kondo, who urges residents to only keep things that “spark joy” in their lives. If you’ve been bitten by the...

Volunteer firefighters from Timber Knob, Gainesville and Pontaic fire departments responded to a house fire Jan. 31 at Timber Knob fire chief Nancy Winslow’s house on Della Rose Lane. The house was a complete loss.
Timber Knob Volunteer Fire Department chief Nancy Winslow has been in the face of fire more times than she can count in her 25 years of service to the department. From operating machinery to help douse flames at residents’ homes to pulling victims and pets from burning buildings and helping...

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